1. Number one spot

    1 May 2015

    Zoopla have us in the number one spot for sales and lettings in the Cramlington area. Happy with that and working hard to stay there.

  2. Have you seen the Tepilo advert on TV? We can give you a lot more for less. Read on..

    26 March 2015

    This is the heavily advertised online agency launched by Sarah Beeny. It’s basic premise is that it cuts the cost of moving house.  Whether the amount of saving can be substantiated is debatable.  In the London area with sky high prices you would certainly think so.

    In the current the economic climate, not many people want to waste their cash.

    Tepilo are online, with no local office as such. Some of our clients wouldn’t benefit; they don’t do things online as  they don’t own a computer.

    Tepilo’s ” middle of the road ” package costs about £840 plus VAT. That’s £1,008. You have to pay  this upfront and it looks like you can pay by credit or debit card. Well you’d have to wouldn’t you as they don’t have a local office.

    We can do a tremendous amount more for you.

    We will be quite happy to sell your house (whatever it goes for ) at £750 plus VAT. That’s £900 ( so long as you pay us upfront ).

    Our service using the tradional model is 1% including VAT, which you pay on completion of the sale.

    You have the choice.

    Check our website to find out more about us




  3. Springtime Special!

    23 March 2015

    Isn’t it nice to see a bit more daylight? The clocks will be going forward next weekend so there will be another hour in the evening to view houses. Most buyers don’t like to view houses in the dark  and have to cram viewing into the weekends over the winter.

    On the other side of the fence (ours as estate agents) it means more daylight and more time for taking interior photos. It’s difficult to do a good job of this in the winter, having to use the interior lights doesn’t help so we really needed to squeeze these jobs into the middle of the day.

    Anyway, what’s this offer?

    Spring into action offer


    Essentially, instead of adding 20%, we’re including the VAT! * …and that’s a few quid in your pocket.

    Why are we doing it? Sales levels are much better at the moment and we’d like as many houses on the market as possible.

    We know that this won’t make you move if you don’t want to, but it’s even more of an incentive to use Renown if you do!

    Same great service. Now with less outlay. Still no sale no fee!


    * Example Saving Calculation:
    (e.g. For a property selling at £200,000, incurring our standard 1% fee = £2000+VAT = £2400. If you pay £2000, the ‘saving’ of £400 against the full fee of £2400 is 16.67%). Our offer saves you the normal requirement to pay 20% VAT on top of our sale fee.

  4. Well this year should be interesting.

    16 January 2015

    There’s quite a bit going on over the next few months in the property market.
    Nationally we have a new property website launching this month called Onthemarket.
    This is a mutual enterprise, meaning that each member agent has a say in the content rather than the sites we use now whose look is dictated by the companies that run them. They can often display inaccurate information, especially when it comes to computer generated valuation models
    The idea is sensible. Agents using Onthemarket must have a bona fide office. This will, in our opinion, be good for the housing market and good for the customer. It will not be available to “online only ” agents
    Having been involved in this business for nearly forty years we think it is essential, in order to provide a full service, to have local staff, local knowledge and a local presence. Valuation is learned by training and experience on a street by street , town by town basis. A computer can’t see the house or sort your problems out. It can’t negotiate for you.
    Many of our sales involve accompanied viewings, regular visits to ensure that houses are secure. Rentals are very personal. We like to see prospective tenants, inspect rental properties to ensure they are of good quality and talk to our customers. Online agents can’t do that.
    To use an analogy you can buy a flight ticket online but you need a pilot and aircrew to do the important stuff!
    In April we see the rules on pensions changing. This will have a major effect on the market with numbers of policyholders able to draw cash from their schemes and look at buy to let opportunities rather than annuities. Add this to the changes in stamp duty announced recently and you can see why there will be an upward trend in demand and prices.
    The North should benefit from these changes more than the South as returns on investment will arguably be better.
    Locally we have a lot happening in Cramlington. We have the new hospital, better road connections, a possible expansion of the Manor Walks shopping centre and a few new housing estates in the offing. The controversial development to the north of Station Road looks like it is going to happen, the Parkside School site is under construction, the Bett Homes site on Beaconhill may start and an application to develop land near the hospital is likely to be submitted. Lots of new houses to tempt you.
    That’s quite a bit to be getting on with from our point of view.
    At Renown we are steeped in Cramlington housing. Our reputation is our strength, our depth of knowledge is unique and our ability to help you is at hand. Whether you need advice on selling, buying, investing, developing or renting just call us or drop into our office.

  5. Tell you what…New houses are getting smaller.

    2 January 2015

    Looking at a builder’s house layout and artists impression earlier today. They do rather stretch things. Have you noticed?

    A  ( quite compact)  detached house appears to be absolutely massive. The equivalent room sizes given bear no relation whatsoever to the images shown.

    I would suggest that you measure the gross internal size of your own house and then compare this with the new one before you get excited.

    Just measure back to front, side to side and multiply by the number of floors. You may get a surprise.

  6. Secret Agent… Phil’s the man.

    It always amazes me that the owners picked for this show don’t actually know why their houses aren’t selling.

    We had Phil at a couple of places in last night’s show. Both were very badly presented, totally cluttered, garishly decorated, needed new carpets, etc etc..

    The guy in one of the properties couldn’t see the problem at all. He didn’t have a proper front door, he had a sliding patio version and a burgundy toilet. It was straight from the seventies. You could have filmed George and Mildred in it quite easily.

    The other family were nice people but had no idea. “We like bold colours!”

    Well no one else does.

    These properties were obviously on the market with estate agents. Why didn’t..

    A. They ask the agents what was wrong.

    B. The agents tell them what was wrong.

    The problem may be that the agent doesn’t want to upset the client by being honest.

    It’s much easier with a camera crew standing behind you.

    I’ve been asked to leave a property in the past by an owner who didn’t take kindly to being told that their house wreaked of cigarettes, cats and dogs, or suggested a mini makeover to assist a sale. I was only trying to help!

    On the other hand there are those who take the advice in good heart and are grateful for the help.

    I’ve lost count of the sales we’ve managed to acheive ( after other agents have failed  to sell ) by making a few tweaks here and there  and re-marketing with new, well taken photos.

    Mind you even if the house is a total hole it will still sell but how much you get for it is another matter.




  7. I love it when this happens.

    23 December 2014

    Just sold a house for £68,000 that another agent valued at £50,000.

    Happy client.

    Happy agent.

    Oh…. our fee was lower too.


  8. Interesting statistic.

    20 December 2014

    Looking at an online property research tool this morning.

    According to their figures we are the agent ( of eighteen local offices ) with the smallest percentage of sales that have fallen through recently.

    Thats 0%.


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